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Links for research concerning stained glass in churches in Wales.
A four-year research project editing medieval Welsh texts about saints in Wales.
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The next publication from Sulien Books will be a guide to the stained glass at the Church of St Peter, Carmarthen. This will be launched at the church on 10 March 2018. I am grateful to the Friends of St Peter's for their enthusiasm for this project.
International Conference, Institute of Art History, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, 6–7 December 2017
This conference gathered together scholars from six European countries and the United States to discuss recent work on post-medieval glass in each of our countries. Several national committees of the Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi have decided to begin to systematically record the stained glass of their countries into the modern period, rather than just their medieval stained glass, and in this respect, the Polish CVMA have excelled, with a fine series of volumes on the stained glass in the southern states of Poland.
The conference programme included visits to two churches in the city, one of which brought us face to face with fourteenth-century glass high in the east end of St Mary's Basilica adjoining the main square. But the focus of the conference was of course on more recent glass and seeing the extraordinary windows by Stanisław Wyspiański at the Franciscan Church was a particular highlight (above left). The striking modernism of these windows, made over a hundred years ago, is unlike anything that was being produced for churches in Britain at that date. The artist was also responsible for extensive mural decoration of the church as well.
For further information about the conference, see the review by Jasmine Allen.
The Saints of Llandaff
The first of a series of events related to the new 'Vitae Sanctorum Cambriae' (The Latin Lives of the Welsh Saints) project took place at Llandaff Cathedral on 11 November. The afternoon event continued a series of events that I organised for the proceeding ‘Cult of Saints in Wales’ project in 2015 and 2016, with members of the project team and other experts sharing recent work on saints in Wales.
Most of the talks were held in Prebendal House, adjacent to the cathedral, but I took the opportunity to speak about the two windows in the Dyfrig Chapel that depict saints and legendary kings in Wales, one of which was commissioned by Sir William Thomas Lewis, first baron Merthyr, while the second was placed there in his memory.
While the saints that became patrons of the new cathedral in the twelfth century were Dyfrig, Teilo and Euddogwy, Lewis chose Tudful and Elfan to be included in the window, with other figures associated with the Lucius legend included in the tracery lights.
Pembrokeshire, June–July 2017
I recently participated in the 'Art on the Faith Trail' initiative in June and July. Artists exhibited their work in a number of churches in northern Pembrokeshire, as well as at St Davids Cathedral. Examples of my work were shown at Llanwnda, Llanychaer and Pontfaen, churches that are all within a few miles of Fishguard, and three pieces were included in the display at St Davids Cathedral.
All of the work was based on various examples of medieval decorative arts found in churches across Wales, so the opportunity to show some of the pieces in church settings seemed particularly appropriate. I was also pleased to hear that in some cases services had made liturgical use of some of the pieces.
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